Senator John D. “Jay” Rockefeller IV proudly served the people of West Virginia for fifty years. Rockefeller first came to West Virginia in 1964 as a 27-year-old VISTA volunteer, serving in the small mining community of Emmons. Many of the lessons that Rockefeller learned in Emmons shaped his public service career and led to his life-long commitment to improving the lives of West Virginians and all Americans.
As a senator, Rockefeller had an extensive and distinguished career fighting to improve healthcare, diversify and expand economic opportunities in West Virginia, and strengthen the lives of children and families. He has co-authored legislation to improve educational opportunities for students, promote STEM education and scientific innovation, and help every school and library connect to the Internet.
Rockefeller, a former chairman of both the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, is also known for his strong national security credentials, support for our nation’s soldiers and veterans, and oversight of the country’s intelligence programs. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Rockefeller also played a leading role in crafting and improving the country’s cyber security policies.
A graduate of Harvard with a BA in Far Eastern Languages and History, Rockefeller began his public service career in Emmons and later was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates and to the office of West Virginia Secretary of State. Following his tenure as President of West Virginia Wesleyan College, he was elected governor of West Virginia for two terms. He served for three decades in the U.S. Senate, retiring in 2015.
Since 1967, Rockefeller has been married to Sharon Percy Rockefeller with whom he has four children: John, Valerie, Charles, and Justin. They are also the proud grandparents of six granddaughters and two grandsons.
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